The 2016 Cutting Edge Table games Conference last November kicked off with a keynote speech by Brian Decorah, president & CEO, FireKeepers Casino & Hotel, who, as always, brought a lot of insight and passion to the topic at hand (thanks, Brian). I took some notes, and here they are:
Tables are up: Firekeepers, which is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, has 3,000 slots, 70 tables and the property is on I-94 between Chicago and Detroit. Some 25,000 cars go by per day and the average daily visitor count is 10,000 guests. FireKeepers’ net revenues were up 6.7 percent in 2015; this year they’re up just under 3 percent. Table drop was up 11.7 percent in 2015 year-to-year. In 2016, the increase was 5.5 percent. Roulette was up 13 percent; mini-bac 36 percent; Crazy 4, 14 percent; and poker 7 percent. The property offers craps and roulette classes every week; third Thursday blackjack; craps tournaments; participates in the Shuffle Master Classic; and aggressively promotes progressives. At the time of the conference, progressive 3-card poker was $6,000; all carnival games are lumped into one progressive, which was at $65,000; pai gow was at $110,000; and poker bad beat was at $50,000.